Frequently Asked Questions


Club Co-ordinator FAQ's

1. What is SportsProphet.ie? Click here for answer

SportsProphet.ie is an Irish owned sports prediction website which facilitates fundraising for clubs or organisations (sporting or otherwise) who wish to avail of its services.

2. Who can avail of SportsProphet.ie? Click here for answer

Any club or organisation, sporting or otherwise, which would like to raise funds can avail of the services of SportsProphet.ie. Clubs or a particular team may wish to raise funds for such things as a team holiday, physio bills, playing gear, gym equipment, pitch developments, or just general club finances. It's very easy to set up and could even become an annual fundraiser for your club guaranteeing an income at the start of every season.

3. How does my Sports club make money from it? Click here for answer

For a fee of either EUR10 or EUR20 (Stg10 or Stg20 Northern Ireland) depending on which option a club chooses, club members or players sell prediction sheets to their friends, family, work colleagues, retired club players or just anyone interested in sport. All this money goes to the participating club apart from prize money for the winners and a fee for SportsProphet.ie.

4. Why would a club use SportsProphet.ie? Click here for answer

Apart from being an effective method of fundraising, using SportsProphet.ie is a novel and exciting way of raising finances for your club or organisation. Each club has their own individual competition and Leaderboard with prize money awarded to the top three entrants who earn the most points throughout the competition. It also affords local business' who sponsor your club Leaderboard an opportunity to get a small return on their donation by advertising on a local level through the online newsletters and on a national level on our website. As well as this, in using this website, every individual who enters a prediction answer sheet will get extremely good value for money which makes it easier for clubs to sell. For either 10, 15 or 20 euro/pounds, entrants will....

(1) Be in with a chance of winning cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively in your own club competition                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (2) Be in with a chance of winning your choice of a pair of 2014 All-Ireland Hurling or Football final tickets if you finish top of the Overall Player Leaderboard on SportProphet.ie
(3) Be able to follow their progress online, and that of their friends by checking their club Leaderboard at SportsProphet.ie
(4) View their answer sheet and that of their friends online anytime they wish throughout the year
(5) Scores updated regularly as each sporting event occurs
(6)Receive regular online newsletters informing you when scores have been updated
(7) Have an active interest in the major sporting fixtures throughout the year, while simultaneously supporting a sports club

5. How much can my club earn? Click here for answer

How much your club or organisation makes is dependent on the following three main points.

(a) The selling option your club chooses. See question 7.
(b) The amount of prediction sheets that are sold.
(c) A club can make up to an extra EU if local business' sponsor their club Leaderboard. In return the business' can place their logo and a link to their website on their club page on SportsProphet.ie and also on the tailored online newsletters which will be sent out to the club's entrants after every event when Leaderboards are updated.

Once prize money for the top three winners and SportsProphet.ie's fee is accounted for, any extra money earned is profit for the club. As an example a club which sells just 200 prediction sheets (40 club players or members selling 5 each) would make...

200 sheets x EUR 20 (EUR 4000) plus Local Business sponsorship (EUR 250) = EUR 4250
Minus Prizemoney (Option B EUR 600) and SportsProphet.ie fee (EUR 200) = Profit EUR 3450

It must be noted that this is just a guide of how much could be earned from selling 200 prediction sheets. How organised and effective a club co-ordinator is at pushing this venture, along with the efforts of club members and players in selling prediction sheets, will largely define how successful the club will be at making a larger or smaller profit than that shown above.

6. How does my club make money from local businesses? Click here for answer

See the co-ordinators section for information on this.

7. Can my club decide how much we charge for the prediction sheets we sell and how much prize money we award to the winners of our club competition? Click here for answer

We give clubs 3 options from which to choose from. Clubs must decide before they start selling which of the following will be best suited to a club of their size and depending on how many answer sheets they expect to sell. The following are the options...

Option A ? Answer sheets EUR 10
Option B ? Answer sheets EUR 15
Option C ? Answer sheets EUR 20

As regards to the prize money clubs offer to the winners of their competition, we allow clubs to decide this and it generally depends on how much individual clubs expect to earn. 

Some examples clubs in the past have used are;

€500, €200, €100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd 

€300, €100, €50 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

or any other options which they find may suit their club circumstances better.

 

8. Why should a club include their crest on the answer sheet and on the club leader board page on SportsProphet.ie? Click here for answer

Including a club crest makes the fundraising much more personal and local and reassures potential entrants that their money will be going towards helping your particular club rather than an outside company. This hugely helps maximise sales of answer sheets for your club.

9. How, as a co-ordinator do I get our club crest on the answer sheets and on the website? Click here for answer

Once a co-ordinator logs into the co-ordinators section there will be an option available to him where he can upload a club crest. This will then be automatically included on the leader board page on the website and on the answer sheet which we will forward on to him. If you're having difficulty sourcing your club crest, we may be able to source it for you if your club is a GAA club but it may result in delaying your fundraising slightly. If your club does not have a crest, then this is not a problem either and you fundraise in the usual way without it.

10. How much does SportProphet.ie charge for the use of its service? Click here for answer

SportsProphet.ie charges a fee of just EUR 200 (Stg 200 Northern Ireland) for the use of its website. However, if your club are registered and we receive the fee by 31st January 2014, then we will offer a 25% discount and charge you only €150/ £150.

11. Does each club have their own individual competition and prize money? Click here for answer

Yes each club will have their own individual competition and Leaderboard and are completely independent of every other participating club. Each individual club and not SportsProphet.ie is responsible for the awarding of prize money to the winners of their competition.

12. Is SportsProphet.ie responsible for the awarding of prize money to each club? Click here for answer

No, each individual club and not SportsProphet.ie are responsible for the awarding of prize money to the winners of their own competition.

13. How do I get my club signed up? Click here for answer

Appoint a club co-ordinator who will oversee the running of your club competition. This person should be at ease with the internet, and more importantly, should be an organised person who will push the sales of prediction sheets. The co-ordinator will firstly click on the tab Register your club which is found on the homepage. He will then be prompted to enter his club’s details along with his own personal details. We at SportsProphet.ie will then receive an email informing us of your intention to join. We will then activate your account by forwarding on a username and password which will allow you to login, upload your club crest and then choose your preferred answer sheet with your crest embedded on it. Your club are then ready to begin selling.

14. What does a club co-ordinator have to do? Click here for answer

The club co-ordinator is the key to the success of this fundraiser for each club. He/she will put in motion and oversee each individual club competition. This person should be at ease with the internet (having the ability to send an email should suffice), and more importantly, should be an organised person who will push the sales of prediction sheets. However, whilst he/she is an integral part of the success, it is an easy task, and can in fact be extremely rewarding when funds begin to accumulate for each club. As well as this, coordinating a novel, exciting and competitive competition within a club lends itself to a great sense of satisfaction. The following simple steps can be used as a checklist or a step by step guide for co-ordinators...

Step 1: Click on the Sign your club up icon. Enter the name and details of your club and as well as your own personal details. You will then receive a confirmation email with club login details unique to your club only. Do not reveal these details to anyone else unless you need help uploading or validating prediction sheets. These login details give you access to your club section allowing you to print off prediction sheets, validate entries or upload others which have not been entered online.

Step 2: Print off a prediction sheet from Sportsprophet.ie.Photocopy 200 or so of these. Try to photocopy back and front which will save on paper. Distribute these to current players, ex players, club members or anyone else who may be able to sell them. Give 5 prediction sheets to each person or player and inform them that they are expected to sell 5 and in doing so earn money depending on which prediction sheet option the club choose. If particular people can sell more, then all the better. Sellers should be informed to encourage potential entrants to enter online, though entering manually by filling out a form is also quite acceptable.

Step 3: Sellers go about selling prediction sheets. Those that enter online will inform their seller when they have entered and pay them the fee of either 10, 15 or 20 Euro. The seller will pass on the money along with the name of the entrant to the co-ordinator. The co-ordinator then logs on to the club section using the private login details and validates the entry in question.

Step 4: Those that wish to enter manually by physically filling out a prediction sheet will return it to their seller along with the fee of either 10, 15 or 20 Euro. The seller will pass on the form along with the fee to the club co-ordinator. The co-ordinator then logs on to the club section using the private login details and uploads the answers online. This entry is then validated. If a large number of prediction sheets are returned which need to be uploaded on SportsProphet.ie, then it may be a good idea to reveal the club login details to one or more responsible people who can help with this.

Step 5: Once every entry has been uploaded and validated, the work is basically finished and you can relax and wait as SportsProphet.ie correct and update your club leaderboard as the sporting events occur throughout the year. All that remains now is the presentation of cash prizes to the winners which clubs are responsible for themselves.

15. What do the sellers have to do? Click here for answer

Sellers will be given at least 5 prediction sheets to sell in order to raise money for their club. They can ask their friends, family, house mates, work colleagues, college friends, team mates from other teams or sports, former players, or basically anyone who has an interest in sport and whom the seller thinks would relish the challenge of taking part on SportsProphet.ie. Sellers should encourage potential clients to enter online (more convenient to everyone), but obviously manually filling out a form is quite acceptable also. When your 5 or more clients have either submitted online or filled out a prediction sheet, do not give their names to the club co-ordinator for validating until they have paid you the fee. As you hand over the money to the co-ordinator, inform him of the entrant's names who need to be validated, and he can also upload any prediction sheet you give to him, once accompanied with the fee. In other words, no entry should be either validated or uploaded without the accompanying fee.

16. When is the closing date for clubs to sign up? Click here for answer

The final date by which clubs should be signed up by is February 22nd. However it is recommended that clubs sign up much earlier than this (January or early February) so as to allow sellers sufficient time to meet with people and sell as many prediction sheets as possible.

17. How does my club pay SportsProphet.ie? Click here for answer

All payment options can be seen on the payments section once you login as a co-ordinator. You can pay SportsProphet.ie in either of three ways, cheque or bank draft, electronic bank transfer or paypal.



Entrant's FAQ's

18. How do I enter a prediction sheet? Click here for answer

You can enter in one of two different ways:

Online; The first and easiest way is to submit your answer sheet online. This involves filling out your online prediction sheet. You must then include your name and email, and specify which club you would like to support, therefore entering you in their particular competition and leaderboard. Once you submit, you will receive a confirmation email with a password which allows you to log on and check your answer sheet any time you wish and even change your answers as often as you wish up until the deadline of 12 pm Saturday March 8th 2014. Once you have submitted your prediction sheet, it is important that you pay the fee of either 10, 15 or 20 Euro/pounds to your seller. As soon as the co-ordinator receives your payment your entry will be validated and therefore ready to earn points on the leaderboard.

Manually; The second way to enter is to manually fill out a prediction sheet with a pen. Circle your chosen answers from a list of options and then include your name and email address if you have one. Hand this prediction sheet to your seller along with a payment of either 10, 15 or 20 Euro/pounds. He will then pass on your sheet and payment to the club co-ordinator, who, only on receiving the fee, will upload and validate your answer sheet online. If you include an email, you will receive confirmation of your entry along with a password which will allow you view your answer sheet online any time you wish and even change your answers up until the deadline of March 8th 2014. Note It is extremely important that you have submitted (manually or online) and paid your fee by the deadline of 12 pm Satuday March 9th 2014 in order to have your entry validated before the first sporting event occurs later that day.

19. Can I enter even if I haven't been approached by a seller or club? Click here for answer

Yes, you can still enter in either of two ways, manually or online (see question fifteen).If you know which club you would like to support or simply which club competition you would like to enter, the details of that particular club co-ordinator will be emailed to you after you submit online. You can then post on the 10, 15 or 20 euro/pounds, clearly stating your name and any other details. Your entry will then be validated. Alternatively if you are acquainted with a club member and trust them sufficiently, you can ask them to pass on your fee to the co-ordinator.

20. Is my application valid if I submit online? Click here for answer

Your online entry is only valid when the club co-ordinator receives your fee. He/she will then validate your entry. Online submission of entries alone (i.e. without paying the fee) does not include you in any club competition.

21. Whom do I pay if I wish to submit a prediction sheet? Click here for answer

You can pay a number of people associated with your particular chosen club. Every club has a group of sellers (people nominated to sell prediction sheets). You can pay these people who will then pass on the money to the club co-ordinator. You can also pay the club co-ordinator directly, his/her details which will be emailed to you if you submit your answers online.

22. What happens if an online entrant doesn't pay the relevant fee? Click here for answer

Club co-ordinators reserve the right to delete any members name from their club leaderboard, if the relevant fee for their entry has not been received by the club co-ordinator by the deadline date of Saturday March 8th 2014. It is ultimately the entrant's responsibility that the club co-ordinator receives this fee so that his/her entry may be validated before the first sporting event begins. The club co-ordinators decision is final in all matters relating to their individual club league.

23. Do I need to login? Click here for answer

You don't have to login at any stage if you so wish. After the deadline date of 12 pm Saturday March 8th 2014, everyone's answer sheet will be visible to the public. However prior to this date, they will not be visible to the public. Therefore it is necessary to login if you wish to view your own particular answer sheet which you submitted and also if you wish to change any of your answers which you can do so up to that deadline date of March 8th 2014.

24. Can I manually submit a form as opposed to online? Click here for answer

Yes you can enter manually. See question 18.

25. Can I view my answer sheet online? Click here for answer

Yes you can. All answer sheets will be viewable to the public from 12 pm March 8th and there after. However if you submit your answers prior to this date, then only you can view your answers. This can only be done however if you entered online or if you provided a valid email address when entering manually. This can be done by logging in online using your email address and the password which SportsProphet.ie either sent, or will be sending to you when you submit an answer sheet. If you submit manually, and you do not provide an email address on the prediction sheet, then you will not be able to avail of the facility to view your answer sheet online or change any of your answers up until the deadline date of 12 pm March 8th 2014.

26. Can others view my answer sheet online? Click here for answer

From March 8th 2014 all answer sheets will be visible to the public. Up to this date however, if you enter your answers early, they will remain private to you and you can view them by using your own personal login details i.e. email address and password.

27. Can I change my answers after entering them? Click here for answer

You can change them anytime up to 12.00 pm on Saturday March 8th. After this date your answers will be locked in and set in stone for the remainder of the competition. However they can only be changed if you entered online or if you provided a valid email address when entering manually. This allows you to login online using your email address and the password which SportsProphet.ie either sent, or will be sending to you when you submit an answer sheet. If you submit manually, and you do not provide an email address on the prediction sheet, then you will not be able to avail of the facility to change any of your answers up until the deadline date of March 8th 2014.

28. What do I do if I forget my password? Click here for answer

If you forget your password, click on the link "Lost your password?' and Sportsprophet.ie will send a new password to your email address

29. Can I view other club leader boards online? Click here for answer

Yes, all club leaderboards can be viewed online by anyone, without having to enter login details.

30. What type of scoring system is used on the leader boards? Click here for answer

Points are awarded to each entrant for every question they predict correctly. However if their particular choice for that question only comes second or third or reaches a final or semi-final etc you may still earn points, but not as many as your choice being the outright winner. A few questions also have multiple parts, and therefore entrants can still earn points, even if they only get part of that question correct. The exact points available for each question can be seen on the prediction sheets and on the Upcoming Events and Results tab on the homepage of the website.

31. How will I know when scores have been updated? Click here for answer

After every event has concluded and scores are being awarded, you will receive an online newsletter giving a very brief synopsis of which event has taken place. This will include a direct link to your club leaderboard where you can check the progress of you and your friends. You will obviously only receive these updates if you enter online or provide a valid email address when entering manually.

32. Why do I have to answer a tie-breaker question? Click here for answer

Prizes are awarded to the three entrants who have earned most points during the SportsProphet season, i.e. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. However the tie breaker question comes into play in the event that 2 or more entrants are level on points in the prize giving positions. Note; the tie breaker question is not included in the normal scoring system of points and will only be used in the event of a tie between entrants in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd position.

33. What happens if I am in a tie with other entrants in the prize giving positions? Click here for answer

If the top 2 entrants are level on points then the entrant with the correct or closest answer in the tie breaker question shall receive the prize money for 1st place and the other entrant will receive the prize money for 2nd place. The prize money for 3rd is then awarded to the entrant with the next highest points total or the entrant with the closest answer in the tie breaker question if level on points with another entrant.

If any entrant on the same points total still cannot be separated after the tie breaker, i.e. if they happen to have the same answer or are similarly close to the answer, then the prize money for 1st and 2nd (or 2nd and 3rd, or 1st, 2nd and 3rd depending on which entrants had the same points total and same tie breaker answer) will be added together and divided equally among them.

Therefore an entrant on the same points total as another entrant is not guaranteed to receive prize money, or perhaps may just receive a lesser amount if his tie breaker answer is further away from the correct answer.

If you have any other query or questions you should contact your club co-ordinator.

34. When is the final date to submit a prediction sheet either online or manually? Click here for answer

The final date to enter a prediction sheet is 12 pm Saturday March 8th 2014. All entries, both online and manual need to be submitted at this stage so that they can be validated before the first sporting event takes place.